National Prevention Week


National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

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During National Prevention Week, organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, outdoor events, and more. Thousands across the United States and in U.S. territories attend these events and help raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and promoting positive mental health.

Each day of National Prevention Week focuses on a specific health theme. The themes for National Prevention Week 2017 are:

  • Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use: Monday, May 15

  • Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse: Tuesday, May 16

  • Prevention of Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse: Wednesday, May 17

  • Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use: Thursday, May 18

  • Prevention of Suicide: Friday, May 19

  • Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness: Saturday, May 20

Source: SAMHSA

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